Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Frederick H. Prince, Jr., 1967
Not on view
As a counterpoint to the slender body silhouette of the period 1906-1913, hats expanded, often to enormous size, reaching their maximum circumference of two yards in 1911. Despite the full, wide hairstyles worn at the time, hats of this size required an interior bandeau to support the oversize crown on the head. This example, unfortunately now devoid of its trimming, has the distinction of being the largest in the Collection, at 66 inches around the brim.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: Label: "Caroline Reboux/23 Rue de la Paix/Paris"